Woman Stoned To Death In Syria For Alleged Adultery

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A woman has been stoned to death in Syria for allegedly having sex outside of marriage.

The verdict was read by a cleric before a truck came and dumped a large pile of stones near the municipal garden in the city of Raqqa, reports SFGate.

Jihadi fighters presented the woman, Faddah Ahmad, dressed head to toe in black, and placed her in a small hole in the ground.

Residents were then told to carry out the sentence of stoning her to death.

A witness to the event claims no one stepped forward from the crowd.

The jihadi fighters, reportedly mostly foreign extremists, then carried out the stoning themselves.

"Even when she was hit with stones she did not scream or move," said an opposition activist.

Raqqa, Syria is the main stronghold in the country of the Islamic State group.

"People were shocked and couldn't understand what was going on. Many were disturbed by the idea that Saudis and Tunisians were issuing (such) orders," said activist Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi, a witness to the stoning, during a Skype interview.

Raqqawi says the stoning took place after dark, around 11 p.m., and that he could not see the blood on Ahmad’s body because of the black clothes she wore. 

He claims Ahmad appeared unconscious, and that he had overheard that she was earlier taken to a hospital where she was given anesthesia.

When the stoning was over, “they then took the dead body in one of their cars and left,” Raqqawi said.

Photos were released of the stoning online in a newly-created Twitter account.

The photos showed “dozens of people gathered in a square, a cleric reading a verdict through a loudspeaker and several bearded men with automatic rifles either carrying or collecting stones.”

A married woman being stoned in the presence of some believers,” the caption read to the photographs on Twitter.

The Twitter account has since been suspended.

Ahmad’s stoning was the second to place in a 24-hour period in July. The previous day, 26-year-old Shamseh Abdullah was killed in a similar manner near the town of Tabqa by Islamic State fighters.

The U.S. Embassy in Syria posted on its Twitter account a condemnation to the “barbaric stoning” of a woman in Tabqa.

Both women were accused of having sex outside marriage, reports Yahoo News.

Death by stoning is the first of its kind in rebel-controlled northern Syria. Jihadists from the Islamic State group have seized large areas of the territory, and are using their strict interpretations of Islamic law to carry out violent acts against the people. Their acts of violence include beheadings and cutting off the hands of thieves.

Photo Source: Raqqa Media Center/SFGate